OR it does NOT (meaning the leaf is widest in the middle or toward the tip), but with . . .

🍂︎ leaves=very short (2½-6 cm) (1-2½ in), shiny, and . . .
shrub, height=<1 m (<3 ft);  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  stems=hairless;  wet feet   >   alderleaf buckthorn Rhamnus alnifolia

tree;  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  leaves=thin, after 1st month in grow season will form ♧ lobes=left+right+middle   >   sassafras Sassafras albidum
tree;  leaf shape=oblong (2× longer than wide);  stems=hairy, dark   >   glossy buckthorn Frangula alnus
tree;  leaf shape=⬬ oval (barely longer than wide);  twigs=hairless, spine-tipped   >   common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica

or
🍂︎ leaves=medium (12-50 cm) (5-20 in), and . . .
no scar line encircling twig at each leaf, buds wooly without scales, petiole very short   >   pawpaw Asimina triloba
thick leathery evergreen, undersurface=rusty hairs   >   southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora

thin 🍃︎ deciduous, base looks like ear-lobes   >   saucer magnolia Magnolia × soulangeana
thin 🍃︎ deciduous, shape=⬬ oval, widest in middle, tip has small point   >   cucumber magnolia Magnolia acuminata
thin 🍃︎ deciduous, shape=⬬ oval, widest near tip, tip has definite point   >   saucer magnolia Magnolia × soulangeana

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